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Man rescued from pickup in W.Va. creek

Jefferson Co. SheriffâEUR(TM)s Dept. officers pull man from truck

Jefferson Co. SheriffâEUR(TM)s Dept. officers pull man from truck

December 20, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. ? Jefferson County Sheriff's Department officers rescued a man from inside a pickup truck Thursday afternoon after the vehicle landed on its roof in a creek along the Shenandoah River east of Charles Town.

Cpl. Vincent Tiong and Cpl. R.S. Sell responded to the scene along Bloomery Road off W.Va. 9 in an area known as "Powerhouse Hill."

"Pretty much, I just took all my equipment off and jumped in the water," Tiong said.

Tiong said he waded into the creek in water about waist deep and used a flashlight to break a window in the truck.

The man was dragged out of the truck and taken to Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va. The man's injuries were not life-threatening, Tiong said.

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Tiong was checked out by rescue officials at the scene for possible hypothermia.

Tiong was given "heat packs" and said he was OK.

It is not clear what caused the truck to go into the creek, Tiong said.

Rescue crews received the call at 4:04 p.m.

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